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<nettime-ann> Turbulence Commission: "Urban Attractors, Private Distractors" by Angie Eng

March 31, 2007
Turbulence Commission: "Urban Attractors, Private Distractors" by Angie Eng
in collaboration with Rich Streitmatter-Tran and a collective of student
interns in New York and Ho Chi Minh City

"Urban Attractors and Private Distractors" is a vlog project about privacy
in public space in Eastern culture. It compares the results of dérives
(French for "drift," dérive was defined by the Situationists as the
"technique of locomotion without a goal") in Ho Chi Minh and New York City.
The collective will address questions such as: How is a city constructed in
a culture where the inhabitants have little experience of a private physical
space? Do they adapt more readily to cyberspace which is both private/public
simultaneously? How do Westerners reclaim their 'public space'? Organized
dérives in both cities will commence at the most public of spaces--the town
square. Participants will submit videos as urban indicators of private
and/or public to the vlog until the workshop meetings in June 2007. Angie
Eng, the project director, will continue vlogging until the commencement of
the physical installation in Fall 2007.

"Urban Attractors, Private Distractors" is a 2007 commission of New Radio
and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It
was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.


Angie Eng is a media artist who works in video, installation, web-based and
video performance. In 1993 she moved to New York City to pursue her career
in media arts. She co-founded The Poool (1996-1999), a live video
performance group, with Nancy Meli Walker and Benton Bainbridge. Her work
has been performed and exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art at
Philip Morris, Lincoln Center Video Festival, The Kitchen, New Museum of
Contemporary Art, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Experimental Intermedia,
and Roulette Mixology Festivals. Eng?s videos have been included in digital
art festivals in local and international venues in Cuba, Greece, Japan,
Germany, Former Yugoslavia, Switzerland and Canada. She has received
numerous grants and commissions: New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.,
Harvestworks Residency, Art In General, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council,
New York State Council on the Arts, mediaThe Foundation, the Jerome
Foundation and the Experimental TV Center. She was recently awarded an
Eyebeam residency to develop the installation component of "Urban
Attractors, Private Distractors."

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